I had the opportunity to photograph a brilliant artist, Erika Lenaye, in her beautifully designed Gilbert home and studio space. As you’ll see Erika Lenaye is a southwest desert artist that uses tones found in the desert. Her home and studio reflect her art color choices and it seems like her kiddo has the same talent she does as you’ll see beautiful pieces throughout her home created by her kiddo. And not only is Erika a fabulous artist but she’s such a sweet person! You can read a little bit more about her and her art below!
I am a southwest based artist. Born and raised in the Midwest, I was formally trained as a painter, but took a hiatus for 15 years. I took painting back up around three years ago when we moved to Arizona and recently took on the role of a full-time artist 6 months ago. When I’m not in my studio, I am with my 5 year old daughter, Driggs, and husband, Adam.
My desert surroundings and the way the southwest makes me feel. It’s such a beautiful part of the country.
I love the creative community here in Phoenix. It’s big enough to be a successful creative, but also small enough that you know one another and support each other. It’s such a great location to be a creative.
I tend to be drawn towards figurative painting. I love painting the female image blended with the warm tones of the desert surrounding.
We love all of the locally owned places here in Phoenix! A few of my favorites are Local Nomad, Heritage and Home, Barnone, any local breweries, Phoenix General, our Farmers Markets, Cricket and Ruby, the surrounding mountains.